FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW ACCURATE IS THE POLYGRAPH TEST?
Most examinations readily reveal to the polygraph Examiner whether or not the person is truthful. Possible out-comes of any polygraph examinations are: Truthful, Deceptive or Inconclusive. Inconclusive means the examiner is unable to render an opinion of either Truthful or Deceptive in that particular case. The research suggests that a properly administered polygraph examination accuracy rate exceeds 90% reliability.
The most accurate test which can be conducted is called the single issue test. This test incorporates ONLY three relevant questions surrounding a single issue. If the Examiner is not 100% confident of the examination results, Toronto Polygraph Services will guarantee a second test at a later date at no further cost to the client.
Sometimes clients are not satisfied with having only one issue resolved. Slightly less accurate is the multi-issue test in which the examiner can cover three separate questions as long as these questions are related to the same issue. This test may produce more inconclusive results when multiple issues are incorporated and is not covered by the same guarantee as a single issue examination.
It is the client's choice whether to have a single-issue test or a multiple-issue (multi-facet) test, considering the difference in reliability.
If the client intentionally attempts to distort the examination or deliberately uses a counter measure that is identified by the Examiner, the session will be stopped and the client will forfeit their testing fees.
HOW LONG DOES A TEST TAKE?
Polygraph exams typically take between 2 and 2 1/2 hours.
A Polygraph Examination (lie detector test) consists of three separate and distinct phases:
During the pre-test interview, the Examiner will explain your legal rights and the voluntary nature of the examination.
At this point the Polygraph Examiner (Polygraphist) will review the entire test questions with you and then conduct a “Demonstration Test” in order for the examiner to assess your suitability for the exam. Following the demonstration test, the actual polygraph exam is commenced, producing a series of charts. The Polygraph Examiner will then analyze the results of these charts to arrive at an opinion.
During the post-test interview, The Polygraph Examiner will discuss the results of the “In-Test” and provide you with their opinion and a comprehensive written report before leaving the office. No need to wait a few days to receive the examination report by mail.
I HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE:
High blood pressure does not invalidate the results of the test. If you are currently under a doctor’s care for a medical condition, be sure to tell your examiner. The Examiner will inquire about any medications that the person has been prescribed.
CAN A CHILD TAKE A TEST OR A WOMAN WHO IS PREGNANT?
We will not offer a polygraph examination to a child under 18 years old. We will not administer polygraph examinations to women who are pregnant as per our strict company policy